Taking this short time that I
have to pray to all of us, may Allah Almighty bless us all and accept
our every sacrifice throughout life.
Insya Allah, I am
planning to utilize this very rare but great opportunity being with
family at home to come up with another difficult but factual, heavy but
important article on Money and Riba' (Usury).
Please pray for me and may Allah return all the prayers that we make in the path of Him the All-Knowing.
"Therefore, when thou art free (from thine immediate task), still labor hard" (94:7)
This is copied from my Facebook Note- Ibnu Hanaffi ____________
1. It is an exam season in IMU now. I believe it is so in other places too. It is few final months of the year anyway.
2. Today I want to talk about you. (You say: Me?) And I reply: Yes, you ;-)
Imagine this. Exam was near. You knew you had to study to score. Then
somebody gave you some targetted questions (more commonly known as spot
questions) for the exam. The lecturer said you need it to excel. So you
studied on that. Only that.
4. During the exam, all spotted ones came out. Not a single one was missed. BIG QUESTION: What do you feel?
Of course. You are right. You needed an additional buccal muscle to
hold your huge smile. It felt so awesome and you shouted yeah!
yabedabedu. I so love exam was what you uttered. And you didn't care
when people call you insane while reading a sad news from NST while
still smiling. Because you felt like the entire world was yours.
6. Wait though. What if it was the opposite? Everything was such a blur. You didn't know what will come out so you studied at random.
You knew it was time-consuming and you intended to study all, but you
ended covering only almost a third quarter of the whole syllabus. Worse,
some of that were even forgotten as time passed.
7. Don't care. D-day finally came. You looked at the questions paper and.. ops? You looked again and brushed your eyes. Ops?
Ops? Yes, most of them were the other 1 quarter. And you were so
depressed that even all other easy questions were awfully perceived as
difficult. You were in emotional turmoil and entered a phase known as
9. Exam ended. You felt like flying and kicking
and flyingkicking the door (not the lecturers please, there were
innocent). So no flying colors this time around. No good results. No
hope. Nothing. And you could not turn back time. It was not a
Doraemon's world. You were in total regret and repent. Arghh!
In a way, life is the same. Guides are given i.e Al-Quran and
As-sunnah. They were sent down to guide us to excel DURING the life in
the hereafter, the same way we need resource to use DURING the exam. It
may be difficult and of course it is difficult, but again, remember,
it's not only now, it's more importantly, in the Hereafter.
Take that feeling and imagine. When you were one day resurrected, you
find out you have nothing and you have breached the guidelines? The same
regret maybe? No, it'll be worse. You can resit exam, you can repeat,
or at least life must go on. But in the Hereafter? Can imagine the
12. Given the situation, would you rather consider to live at 'random'
and just take a few part of Islam that suits you while forsaking the
others? Are you weak enough to let 'random' people decide what world is
to you? Let them decide what is success by definition? You sure?
13. Do you not believe that He already prepares us a manual book that explains all? Every single thing? (16:89)
Imagine the good feeling. Imagine you feel that during The Day of
Resurrection. Maybe recall is a better word. You used to taste what
success was like. So can you feel?
14. It's ok. It's a
choice. Consider life in the Hereafter. The feelings DURING the day. The
same way we believe there are at least 2 conditions DURING exams.
It definitely will come. And there is no turning back. Two options: to
LIVE and SUFFER or to LIVE and PROSPER. And in the Hereafter, it lasts
forever. Not that forever. The other forever. Forever in the absence of
death. In a time that is infinite- which means no more time, no more
end. And certainly, it will come.
16. So are we prepared
for the real 'EXAM' in the Hereafter?. Go grab the Quran now. Live with
it now, if you haven't. Allah will always be there. To those who
disbelieve, just wait when the day comes. He has 'something' for you.
17. "..............Taste you the Penalty of the Fire, the which you used to reject as false."(32:20)
The pronoun 'You' used in this article is strictly addressed to all
readers. I as the author automatically become the first reader, so it
applies to me first, and then you.
2. It is Line 17 because it has 17 lines and the Quranic verse in the 17th point inspires this writing.
I have posted the article below as a note on my Facebook, but decided today to put it here as well, for 2 reasons.
1. So that I can reach those who I reach not via Facebook (not yet friends =p)
2. To keep a good archive for future reference (which, for some reasons, are more convenient here than Facebook)
I am taking this short time before I sleep tonight to share a thing I believe is important for all of us as Muslim, not only so that we can answer questions by our non-Muslim friends, but more importantly to help forming a strong wall against numerous attacks by non-Muslim enemies, and most important of all, as a self-protection, so that we hold true to Islam, with a strong faith insya Allah.
Allah says in Surah Al-An-'Am (6:125) which means: "Those whom Allah (in His plan) wills to guide, He opens their breast to Islam, those whom He wills to leave straying, He makes their breast close and constricted, as if they had to climb up to the skies, thus does Allah (heap) the penalty on those who refuse to believe."
Questions about prohibition of pork consumption, women must wear hijab, poligamy and many more are one of many ways enemies use to actually make fun of us and to pose logical but manipulated queries to create our own suspicions against Islam. No doubt though that some are very sincere to understand and seek truth, either way, we have to be careful on how to respond.
All the time, we can answer directly to the questions asked by giving 1001 reasons, logical explanations, scientific proofs and so on. For example, we don't eat pork because scientifically it can cause many diseases and pigs are filthy animals- that answer, of course makes sense.
But please beware of their games. We will never win unless we present our own game and not deceived into playing their games instead. Justifications based upon logical and scientific evidence alone, will hardly, if ever possible, put us on the winning side- because that's their game and their expertness, so they have the advantage to 'win.'
What is our game instead? Here: What ever the questions may be about, the first compulsory answer we must never forget is this- that I am a Muslim, I believe in Allah who says so, so I listen, Allah instructs so, so I follow. Aside from this answer, then only we can proceed with an 'optional' second response, which is based on logical and scientific reasoning.
You may ask why? Here are at least 2 answers why. Feel free to explore more.
First, let's take pork consumption for instance, reasoning that pork predisposes to disease and pigs are filthy are already invalid by now. Which means, if we use that reason for not eating pork, it means that we will agree to eating porks provided that it is no longer filthy and provides health benefit instead.
Mind you, across the world, there are many 'clean farms' with 'clean pigs' nowadays. Also, genetic engineering now has come up with pigs whose meats not only safe to consume but are rich in Omega3 which helps reduce risk of getting heart disease.
Having said that, would we then agree to consume pork just because our justification is now unjustified?
That is why we stick to the one that change not, until forever, the revelation from Allah, that He says eating pork is unlawful (haram) so it remains so until forever. Enemies out there have advantages in Science and technology so much that they can easily manipulate facts, even to the point of changing the nature (created by Allah by 'default'), just to prove that our Quran is wrong.
Allah already warns in Surah An-Nisa' (4:119) which means: "I will mislead them, and I will create in them false desires; I will order them to slit the ears of cattle, and to deface the (fair) nature created by Allah. Whoever, forsaking Allah, takes satan for a friend, has a surety suffered a loss that is manifest."
The second reason is based on a lecture by Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi, an American Muslim author and Islamic educator whom shared his one of many experiences.
In University, he befriended a very intelligent guy whom of course will not believe things easily unless there are strong and sufficient reasons to convince him to do so.
Yasir Qhadi had a 3-year conversation and casual debate with this friend of him about why Muslim women must wear hijab. With Allah's permission, he (Yasir Qhadi) successfully convinced this guy until he himself admitted that it would've been appropriate if all women (not only Muslim) around the world wear hijab. Unfortunately, he only was convinced with the wearing of hijab, not at all convinced it's because Allah says so.
The point here is that no matter what answers we give to respond to people's inquiries about do's and don'ts in Islam, our job is not to convince them based on their game (logical explanation alone) but more importantly is so that they (and us) know that it is so and so because it is a guidance and way of life prescribed by Allah in the Holy book of Quran.
Remember, in doing dakwah (invite others to the way of Allah), the ultimate aim is to do no other but to admit (with a total submission) that Allah is our Almighty God, One and Only- therefore we must follow everything He asks us to do and stay away from what He prohibits.
Wallahu'aklam. Good night all and please share with your friends and help enlighten them.
P/S: Allah, more than 1400 years ago (via Al-Quran), already described how is it if someone has HYPOXIA. Kindly refer to the first verse I include above. Praise be upon Allah.